JMU — Community Calendar, Fall 2012
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There's So Much To Do At JMU!

Free Saturday Planetarium Shows

Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Come to the John C. Wells Planetarium for these wildly popular shows. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a firstcome, first-seated basis for the 2:30 family feature presentation and the 3:30 feature presentation. A “star talk” follows featuring the Shenandoah Valley night sky.

Public Science Talks

Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, 7 p.m., John C. Wells Planetarium. Titles and speakers, TBA.

We’re all (not) gonna die

Sept. 27, 7 p.m., location TBA. A lecture by Dr. Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame.

Monthly Star Party

Last Friday of the month, starting Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Astronomy Park.

Join astronomy professors and students for a free star gaze from Astronomy Park, located in the meadow behind the Physics and Chemistry building. Bring your family!

Astronomy at the Market

Last Saturday of the month, starting in September. This grass-roots outreach program will continue to enchant, with live images of our sun through safe solar telescopes at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market. Plus fun science projects (comet making, asteroids, crater formation) and Q&A.

Astronomy Day

Oct. 20. Celebrate Astronomy Day at JMU! Details TBA.

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 23 to Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Turn out for the immensely popular full-dome show and live star talk.

JMU Mineral Museum

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. See more than 550 colorful and glistening crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world. Memorial Hall, Entrance E. Call ahead: (540) 568–6130;

Harrisonburg Community Health Center Tour and Open House

Sept. 20, 4–7 p.m. Find out what it’s all about! Enjoy light refreshments and tour the Harrisonburg Community Health Center, launched and operated through the JMU-RMH Collaborative to offer accessible and affordable primary health care for families. 1355 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg.

Health IT: Enabling Patient- Centered Healthcare

Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. Learn about the role — and the future — of informational technology in healthcare. The third installment of Viewpoints on Health: Huber Memorial Speaker Series will feature Damon L. Davis, special assistant in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health and Human Services Building, Room 1301. Parking in Lot D2.

Support for Children with Exceptional Needs

Find events and workshops to help schoolchildren with exceptional needs and the teachers and other professionals who work with them. Provided by the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center at JMU, which provides professional development and support designed to assist school personnel in addressing goals for students with disabilities. Events added frequently:

Get on the bus, Gus!

The Reading Road Show is a mobile literacy program that provides an opportunity for children and their families to share story time and participate in a book exchange program. The Gus Bus is the Reading Road Show’s mobile literacy vehicle. Look for the Gus Bus in your neighborhood and learn about this wonderful opportunity for the whole family! Find the Gus Bus schedule and other information at

Jmuse Café

These stimulating discussions will continue the excellent tradition of bringing together the JMU community to informal and lively forums that explore topics of public interest. Jmuse will meet for one Thursday in October and November of the fall 2012 semester, and again in the spring. Last year’s topics included the Locavore’s Dilemma: Food, Agriculture and Global Sustainability, Funding the Arts, After Fukushima, and Cupid’s Arrows. Find dates, discussion topics and past programs at www.

Infant Scientists

Child development is fascinating, but challenging without the help of proactive parents, according to Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen of JMUfs psychology department. If you are interested in learning how your infants and children learn about the world around them, the JMU Cognitive Development Lab invites engaged parents to join in its studies of how babies look at pictures and older children play computer games.

Infants younger than 11 months may be eligible to participate in a study in which we examine how infants process faces. Your infant will sit in your lap and watch pictures on a computer screen while we watch his/her eye movements. The session will last fewer than 30 minutes. Enjoy free parking, childcare for siblings and compensation.

Children who are 7 and 8 years old may be eligible to participate in a study in which kids play computer games that allow us to study cognitive processes that underlie planning. The study lasts no more than 45 minutes, and you will receive coupons to local businesses for your participation.

To learn more, please contact Jakobsen at or (540) 568.4301.

JMU Libraries

Did you know that the public is welcome to use the resources at JMU libraries? You can check out material if you:

Present a current ID from a local college (Bridgewater, Blue Ridge, Eastern Mennonite University).

Are 18 years of age, have a Massanutten Regional Library card and a photo ID or present a Rockingham Memorial Hospital employee ID.

Are a Virginia teacher and present an employee ID from a Virginia school system, college or university.

Faculty Flashpoints

As news flares, from the economy to social and political issues to world hotspots, show up to join the discussion and learn context and background from JMU faculty experts. Go to to check out upcoming events.

International Week

Sept. 24.28 Celebrate International Week with activities spotlighting the intriguing cultures of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. All events are free and open to the public. Among the highlights: 

Nina Yhared, a Mexico City-based performance artist with an international reputation, will present La Historia de mi piel (History of My Skin), a multimedia work incorporating film, painting, poetry and performance. It addresses the way the skin and the body serve as sites of memory for womenfs experience.

A Jing Ping band from Dominica will give lectures and performances featuring a kind of folk music that originated on the islandfs slave plantations.

Caribbean Reflections, a program of traditional and classical music from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico by the Staunton Music Festival, will feature JMU music department faculty and a world premiere jazz composition by Chuck Dotas. At Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.

Check iweek for the entire schedule. Activities are still being added.